John Walker

News Reporter

John Walker is native of Jessamine County, Kentucky and a recent graduate of Murray State University's Journalism program. His roots are in far eastern Kentucky, but he was raised in Kentucky's famous Bluegrass region. Now he resides in far western Kentucky just as a way to experience all that is the Commonwealth. His initial plan was to pursue a newspaper career, but he quickly found a calling to radio. His interests include anthropology, folklore, politics and the environment. He loves to listen to Old Time and Mountain music as well as Traditional Celtic and Jazz. If you need to find him he is probably taking a nap in Murray State's quad or taking a stroll through the arboretum.

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Education
7:24 am
Tue May 21, 2013

UT-Martin To Offer Nursing Degree At Parsons

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The University of Tennessee at Martin says it will offer a degree in nursing at its Decatur County location beginning next year.  The center will have openings for up to 30 students annually, with 20 slots designated for traditional students and 10 slots for licensed practical nurses. Program graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses. Initial funding for the program was included in this year's state budget.

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Government
7:23 am
Tue May 21, 2013

More Troops Due Back At Fort Campbell

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More soldiers are returning to Fort Campbell this week from Afghanistan. Officials say about 240 of the 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team are due home tonight. The troops have been in Afghanistan for nine months. 170 members came home April 26th and an additional 90 returned Sunday night. Tomorrow, about 100 members of the 101st's 101st Combat Aviation Brigade will complete the unit's return.

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Government
7:21 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Hickman Ferry Plans To Resume Today

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Almost a month to the day after it closed, the Dorena-Hickman Ferry expects to resume service today.  The ferry was closed April 22nd due to flooding. During the past year, the ferry has also struggled to operate with low Mississippi River levels. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the water dropped enough yesterday that crew members were able to clear debris from landings on each side of the river.

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Government
7:18 am
Tue May 21, 2013

KY Ex-State Workers Reprimanded For Ethics Violations

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Kentucky’s Executive Branch Ethics Commission has handed down public reprimands and fines to three former employees in the state Department of Agriculture. The panel took the action yesterday against Bruce Harper of Harrodsburg, Chris Parsons of Mount Vernon and George Begley of London.

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Morning Cram
7:57 am
Mon May 20, 2013

The Morning Cram [trickle out edition]

From NPR: The number of poor people living in America's suburbs now surpasses those in cities or rural areas. Long focused on the urban poor, social service agencies are now trying to respond to the basic needs of a much more far-flung population.

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Politics
7:18 am
Mon May 20, 2013

IL Lawmakers Face Tough Votes Before Adjourning

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With just two weeks left in the legislative session, Illinois lawmakers have a full plate of controversial issues to tackle. They're scheduled to consider two major pension overhaul proposals aimed at addressing the worst pension problem nationwide and they must approve a budget that could contain some difficult cuts. Lawmakers are also scheduled to take up legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry, which has passed the Senate and awaits a House vote.

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Politics
7:16 am
Mon May 20, 2013

IL State Workers Worried Over Pension Debate

Anxiety and anger are growing among Illinois state employees and retirees who wonder what will happen to their pocketbooks if lawmakers make expected changes to the state's pension systems. Workers spent their careers paying into their pension funds what the law told them to pay. But the state for decades skipped or shorted its required payments.

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Politics
7:15 am
Mon May 20, 2013

IL Democrats Push For High Capacity Ammunition Ban

Top Illinois Democratic leaders, including Gov. Pat Quinn, are urging lawmakers to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines in that state. Quinn, Senate President John Cullerton and state Sen. Dan Kotowski spoke Sunday at a news conference in Chicago with parents of children killed last December in a Connecticut school. Kotowski introduced legislation late last week that would ban the sale, delivery and possession of magazines that accept more than 10 rounds.

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Government
7:14 am
Mon May 20, 2013

KY Police Start Memorial Day Patrols This Week

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Kentucky law enforcement officers are beginning a week of traffic patrols for the Memorial Day holiday focusing on making sure motorists are wearing seat belts. The 2013 "Click It or Ticket" campaign begins today and runs through June 2.  The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety says Kentucky has an 83% seat belt usage rate. The national rate is 86%. 

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Environment
7:11 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Cicadas Not Emerging in KY This Year

Kentuckians don't have to worry about an onslaught of noisy cicadas this year, though experts say they're about to emerge in the Northeast. The cicadas, which take 17 years to come out of the ground, are expected to number in the billions along the East Coast from North Carolina to Connecticut. But a chart from the website Magic Cicada dot org indicates Kentucky shouldn't see a cicada emergence until 2021, with others following in 2025 and 2028.

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